MIT Media Lab: $250K Disobedience Award – Nominations Now Being Accepted

Nonviolent civil disobedience plays a vital role in American democracy. If all three branches of government cannot effectively check and balance governing powers, if the media (Fourth Estate) fails to use its power to investigate and report in a way that curbs political corruption, then it falls to ordinary citizens to do the job. Activists, protesters, and dissenters are the last standing patriots, the last fighters, the last defense, the last heroes.

In honor and support of the wisdom, courage, commitment, and self-sacrifice of those who commit nonviolent disobedience, to defend and benefit society, MIT Media Lab has launched the Disobedience Award. Nominations are now being accepted…



“You don’t change the world by doing what you’re told.”

Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab


Disobedience Award

MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award

“We are now accepting nominations for the first-ever MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award, which carries a $250,000 cash prize, no strings attached.

This award will go to a person or group engaged in what we believe is an extraordinary example of disobedience for the benefit of society.

What does this mean? Societies and institutions lean toward order and away from chaos. While necessary for functioning, structure can also stifle creativity, flexibility, and productive change–and ultimately, society’s health and sustainability. This is true from academia, to corporations, governments, the sciences, and our local communities.

With this award, we honor work that impacts society in positive ways, and is consistent with a set of key principles. These principles include non-violence, creativity, courage, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. This disobedience is not limited to specific disciplines; examples include scientific research, civil rights, freedom of speech, human rights, and the freedom to innovate.”

~ MIT Media Lab

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Nominations will be accepted from March 6 to May 1.
The winner will be announced  on July 21, 2017. 


 "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience." Howard Zinn


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